I would never have believed that a day would come that i would write a piece with the above title; but at a time like this it has become imperative to try to dig into the demise that is now Manchester United. What really is the problem at United? Champions of England, World’s most notable brand, most lucrative Sports Franchise, most valuable football club, most successful club in English domestic and league competitions; we can go on and on with respect to the many superlatives and achievements of Manchester United over the years; which looks nothing like the rot that we now see week in week out.
The first question has to be where did it all go wrong, I don’t claim to be an expert or to know it all, but as a fan for decades I can put my finger on some of the reason United are where they are today and this does not entirely fall on the new manager, but he most definitely must shoulder part of the blame for making the great Manchester United, the laughing stock of the entire football world.
Playing Monopoly would have been better
The Shambles that was the summer transfer business led by United’s novice CEO; Ed Woodward; name dropping at will with extreme stupidity; the manager himself did not help matters as it seemed both were reading from the same script. It was an absolute disgrace that United could not conclude any deals for its identified targets and consistently bungled negotiations with great precision. Do not get me wrong; Ed Woodward may be an excellent marketing and branding person, able to seal huge merchandizing deals from all the corners of the globe, but he was absolutely out of his depth when it came to the small matter of negotiating player transfers; the bread and butter of every football club. The little that is said about the eventual capture of the largely disappointing and ineffectual Maroune Fellani, the better and I will just leave it at that.
Managers have assistants for a reason; poor old David Moyes he just cannot seem to use the so called back room staff he trust so much to good effect to take off some of the current pressure he is facing. Why not let Steve Round face the press for a change; since you have been absolutely naïve in the handling of questions fielded by the Press with little confidence and control of the men wielding their pens and microphones. Even if you do not have a plan, act like you do, talk like you do; speak assured, control the audience, not play into the hands of the waiting press, who set varying degree of traps waiting for you to fall prey with your response.
Stand tall, make pronouncements, stand by it; do not look like an absolute clown who is in his element in a circus.
Muppet Babies Marathon back on TV
The modern day footballer is well paid, drives the best cars, lives the good life; but need the occasional kick in the behind to be put firmly where they belong. To know why they are even idolized not to talk of been paid the big bucks. Under David Moyes, it just seems like the players are on a very long leash, laughing at training especially after a needless loss. On the Pitch, it even seems worse; I remember a Manchester United game in the Champions League against Milan; that Sir Alex called Johnny Evans over; gave him an absolute mouthful with his face red like fire. Evans could not even look him in the face; but he got the message loud and clear. You dare not cross his path; you had to sit up, act right or else. Here, we seem to have a bunch of sissies wearing the Red, white and black of the club (no heart, no drive, no guts and lack of professionalism) and an absolute Muppet on the bench/ touchline trying to run things or acting like he is running things. United fans now go into matches completely unsure especially at Old Trafford, not knowing what to expect; the tears are about to roll down like it’s the end of a tragic movie.
Since the release of Shinji as the fans had clamoured for; the player seems to still be playing with the same shackles in between his legs. No drive, No verve; we can go on and on; a school of thought is of the belief that the manager does not know how best to utilize or bring out the best in the talents of the Japanese international. The twitter handle @evilkagawa continues to illustrate the apparent calamity that United has just become; stirring controversy daily and undermining the manager and his ability.
There seems to be only one way to go for Manchester United now and it seems to only be in the downwards direction. Three straight losses in Seven days; Four losses at home, Six losses in the League, out of the F.A. Cup in the Third Round, lost the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi final and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
It just looks like it will get worse before it will get anywhere near better; the options are limited to change the course and direction of the team. To strengthen in January comes with massive pitfalls, players may be cup tied, overly expensive, take extra time to settle and blend in; but would splashing solve the problem, is the problem a problem of inadequate personnel taking into consideration this same squad won the League last season by 11 points or is it a managerial problem; will changing the manager stop the rot?
The fans continue to follow the advice and plea of Sir Alex, for them to stand behind the manager; patience they say is a virtue. How long can united fans stand, stomach and condone the continued dismantling of their empire?
I can assure you their patience is running thin and quite fast too; this Giant cannot be brought to its knees, for Christ sake this is Manchester United we are talking about.
Come on United!!!!!!!!!!!!!!